Lake County courthouse now open to public

Appointments no longer necessary

Lake County officials have announced the reopening of the courthouse to the public. Appointments are no longer required to conduct business with the county. (Star file photo)

Lake County officials have announced the reopening of the courthouse to the public. Appointments are no longer required to conduct business with the county. (Star file photo)

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County courthouse will open to the public without appointment beginning March 29.

County officials announced that the courthouse will be open to the public next week.

The courthouse and county operations were being handled by appointment only and staff has been available by phone due to the COVID-19 pandemic protocols in place.

This change does not impact the courts, as they have their own schedule based on guidance from the state, and will give their own notice of updates.

This decision came after meeting with staff and departments to accommodate the various county functions, and to do it safely.

Lake County has procedures in place for public entry. The general public will still undergo physical security screening, in addition to COVID-19 related screening. Guests must wear a face covering and exercise social distancing, and other safety measures.

In the event of an increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of re-opening, county officials are prepared to scale back access while still providing services.

For court related issues — Friend of the Court, Probate, Trial Court, or family related matters — call 231-745-4614 as their re-opening schedule may differ from regular county operation schedules.

When entering the courthouse, please do not attempt to access the top floor, as it is restricted by the courts.

For updates and department information, please visit lakecounty-michigan.com.

Questions can be directed to county administrator, Tobi Lake at 231-745-6231 or tlake@co.lake.mi.us